The Invisible Land
16 October - 13 November 2021
Alexander Massouras (b.1981) is an artist and writer. His work is in UK and international collections including the Ashmolean, the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a member of the research project 'Art School Educated' at Tate; a Leverhulme Fellow at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford; and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre. Massouras’s work has taken a multitude of forms but is consistent in its visual exploration of time and narrative.
The Invisible Land is a group of nine etchings that describe a retreat from a flood, a series which culminates in settlement of sorts. It draws its imagery from many places: there are backgrounds glimpsed in films, references to Breugel, a found dead bird, and a nod to Wittgenstein's discussion of the Rabbit-Duck illusion. The series is one of three in the artist's book Above and Below, a cycle of thirty etchings on the theme of journeying and escape.
The Divers etchings express a formal interest in the combination of line (the pools and diving platforms) with tone (the diver). They play on the symbolism of the fall and on the stillness of the image: the divers never meet the pools, a separation which finds visual form in the distance the etchings keep between line and tone.